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Bowl barrow 410m east of Wainhouse Corner

A Scheduled Monument in Jacobstow, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7305 / 50°43'49"N

Longitude: -4.5722 / 4°34'20"W

OS Eastings: 218565.965334

OS Northings: 95470.845655

OS Grid: SX185954

Mapcode National: GBR N9.37CM

Mapcode Global: FRA 1794.Y9G

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 410m east of Wainhouse Corner

Scheduled Date: 19 October 1960

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004385

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 581

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Jacobstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Jacobstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the southern upper slopes of a ridge, overlooking several tributaries to the River Ottery. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 33m in diameter and 1.2m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-434639

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar, although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form and a diversity of burial practices. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. Despite reduction in the height of the mound through cultivation, the bowl barrow 410m east of Wainhouse Corner survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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